Protests erupt across Kashmir over Chadoora killings
Several injured in clashes; Hurriyat leaders placed under house arrest
Basharat Rashid/ Mudasir Rashid
Srinagar: Kashmir Valley witnessed clashes and anti-India protests in different parts after Friday congregation prayers. The joint resistance leadership had called for “peaceful protests” after Friday prayers against the Chadoora civilian killings. Three civilians were killed in forces’ firing near the site of an encounter in Durbugh village of Chadoora.
Government had made heavy deployments of forces to prevent possible protests in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir. Deployments of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had been made in sensitive places to prevent any ‘untoward incidents. Notably, the resistance leadership including Hurriyat (G) Chief, Syed Ali Geelani, Hurriyat (M) chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik had called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers.
The Fateha Khawani of Chadoora and Rangreth slain civilians were also held after the Friday prayers ended in the areas in which hundreds of people participated and prayed for their heavenly abode.
Following the congregational Fateha Khawani, the clashes erupted in the areas during which forces used tear smoke shells to disperse the youth.
Meanwhile, as soon as the mandatory congregational prayers ended in the Masjid’s, clashes and protests were reported from several areas across the Valley.
After Friday prayers, scores of JKLF leaders in Maisuma area of Srinagar assembled at main Chowk and raised pro-freedom slogans and against the civilian killings.
The leaders tried to march towards the Commercial Hub Lal Chowk but the police didn’t allow them to move onwards thereby resulted in the clashes in the area during which forces used teargas canisters to disperse the youth who were throwing stones on them.
Clashes were also reported in Nowhatta, Chattabal and Habba Kadal areas of Srinagar.
Meanwhile, in South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, the clashes were reported in Bijbehara town during which forces restored to tear smoke shells to disperse the youth who were throwing stones on them.
In Pulwama district, the clashes were reported from Tral, Prichoo and Chaatpora areas of Pulwama district.
Meanwhile, the clashes and protests were also reported in Sopore town of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Reports said that the youth assembled outside the Jami Masjid and raised anti-India slogans following which the youth pelted stones on the forces triggering clashes.
They added that scores of people were also injured during the clashes.
Pertinently, the protest was called by the resistance leadership against the Chadoora civilian killings.
Three youth and a militant were killed during the clashes and an encounter in Chadoora area of Central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a top police official told local news agency that the barring a few stone pelting incidents, the situation across the Valley remained under control throughout the day.
Meanwhile, Clashes erupted between the Government forces and youth in Kangan of this central district after Friday prayers.
As per the reports after the Friday prayers youth appeared on Kangan Market and started sloganeering, shouting and stone pelting on the forces deployed in Kangan main market.
According to reports the police and CRPF deployed in advance chased them and push back the agitated youths.